The new payments will be available from the first week of any future state or territory lockdown (Facebook/ScottMorrisonMP)

Locked-down Sydneysiders will receive an additional $150 a week if they have lost more than 20 hours of work, or an extra $75 if they have lost fewer than 20 hours, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop Anthony Li Hui is ordained yesterday in the Pingliang Diocese cathedral (CNS/www.chinacatholic.cn)

A Vatican spokesman confirmed yesterday that the fifth bishop to be appointed under the 2018 Vatican-China deal has been ordained. Source: CNA.

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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

French Xavierian Sister Nathalie Becquart, recently appointed by Pope Francis as under-secretary to the Vatican Synod of Bishops, will address an Australian Cardijn Institute webinar on the theme “Lay People and Synodality” next month.

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Notre Dame University

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Bishop Richard Umbers (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli)

Australian bishops have urged federal politicians to scrap plans to allow mitochondrial donation, citing safety and ethical concerns and a lack of evidence the technique is effective. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Queensland’s 309 Catholic schools are remembering the past and looking to the future as they celebrate Catholic Education Week with the theme “A Spirited Tomorrow”. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Danny Casey (Catholic Super)

Danny Casey has been appointed as the new chair of Catholic Super, flagging a stronger stance on ethical and environmental investments.

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People carry signs at the lockdown protest in Sydney on the weekend (ABC News/Tim Swanston)

Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay criticised last weekend’s anti-lockdown protests in Sydney as unacceptable and “not a solution” to the problems faced under the current outbreak. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Hidilyn Diaz poses with her gold medal and Miraculous Medal (CNS/ Hidilyn Diaz, Instagram via CBCP News)

Hidilyn Diaz became the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal winner, set an Olympic record and thanked her friends who prayed the Miraculous Medal novena. Source: CNS.

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Jack Snelling (ABC News/Nick Harmsen)

Two former state Labor ministers have quit the ALP and are restarting the Family First Party in South Australia, saying the major parties no longer support religious freedom or give Christians a voice on social policy. Source: The Australian.

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 The flexible nature of the course delivery allows students from anywhere in Australia (Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership)

The Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership, a work of the Missionaries of God’s Love, is accepting enrolments for its third “Foundations of Missionary Leadership” course in 2022.

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Notre Dame University

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Bishop Bosco Puthur says the federal Government should pursue policies that ensure the welfare of seafarers is a priority (Stella Maris Australia)

Groups that provide spiritual, pastoral and practical support to seafarers are urging the federal Government to follow New Zealand’s lead in funding welfare services for those working on the seas. Source: Stella Maris Australia.

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A family at St Anthony of Padua Catholic College in Austral, New South Wales (NCEC)

Catholic schools across Australia will celebrate Family Week from August 8-14, to recognise the significant contribution parents, carers and families have made to Catholic schools in Australia over 200 years. Source: NCEC.

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Bishops-elect Anthony Ireland, left, and Martin Ashe (Melbourne Catholic)

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria today and the re-opening of churches has paved the way for the ordination of two new auxiliary bishops for the Melbourne Archdiocese to take place this weekend. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Refugee Olympic Team member Abdullah Sediqi reacts after competing in the Taekwondo Men

The inclusion of a team of refugee athletes in the Tokyo Olympics sends a powerful message to the entire world regardless of win or lose, according to two United States bishops. Source: Crux.

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The talks will take place ahead of the anticipated introduction of euthanasia legislation to the New South Wales Parliament (Supplied)

More than 150 people have already registered for a series of online talks on “euthanasia, dying and the dignity of the human person”, jointly hosted by the Parramatta and Broken Bay dioceses. Source: Broken Bay News.

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The Vatican’s largest trial for financial crimes in the modern era got underway in a specially prepared room in the Vatican Museums (Vatican Media)

Cardinal Angelo Becciu was present on the first day of a major Vatican finance trial to defend himself of charges of embezzlement and abuse of office. Source: Catholic News Agency.

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There were almost 800 children aged 10 to 17 in detention across Australia in the June 2020 quarter (Bigstock)

Human rights groups and Indigenous advocates are urging state and territory leaders to take action to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, one year after the deferral of a decision to do so. Source: SBS News.

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Former Rosebank College student CourtneyJade Goodman gives a video message of encouragement to current year 12 students in lockdown (ABC News/Supplied)

Amid the term 3 gloom of empty schoolyards, deferred exams and lockdowns, a message of hope landed in the inbox of Rosebank College in Sydney's inner west. Source: ABC News.

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